what stop loss orders are for. and maybe you should stay out of the market until you get a better feeling for what's happening." independent trader larry zelikoff has a trading partnership with his brother. he's moved off the trading floor, but continues to own at seat at cboe. in his view, being a successful trader boils down to having a healthy fear of the market. "i've known lots of traders who have made lots of money, bought expensive things. but markets move very quickly. you can be in and out of business very quickly, and its lost cars and houses. it's very tough." even tougher, knowing how to get into the market when every one else wants out. traders tend to watch the volatility index, also known as the vix for signals about the market. lately when the number is above 30, it means volatility is ahead. when it's under 25, the markets are likely to be less volatile. meanwhile, the level of anger against bp continues to escalate in light of how the company has managed the oil spill. we visited several bp gas stations to see how they've been dealing with the fall out. driving past a bp gas station? you really can't tell that thousands of americans are boycotting this company because of the oil spill. bp gas stations are packed with customers filling up on gas. tony haddad, owner of this bp franchise says he's aware of the potential backlash. "it will hurt small businesses.